Thank you for taking some down time and spending it with us. Let’s start this off with a beverage. We have coffee, tea, some sort of juice (I think it’s been in here a few weeks) and soda. What would you like?
LOL! Ahh, Coke, please. Seriously, the kiddo bought me a cup recently that had the Coke logo all over it because I drink waaaay too much of it!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a mother of two children, both out of high school. The youngest will start college this August. She wants to be a music teacher.
I’ve been married for almost twenty years too, lol. I worked in Elementary Education for half my life, but resigned three years ago due to a terminally ill parent. It was then I discovered M/M and my love of writing.
When you received news that your manuscript had been accepted by Storm Moon Press, what were the first words that fell from your mouth?
“Oh thank God!” LOL. Storm Moon had just accepted The Harvest. I jumped up and down, screamed, cried, scared the crap out of the Kiddo with my yelling, called some author friends, cried some more, then called the hubby at work.
What forces brought you over to the GLBT Genre? Do you focus on one part of the QUILTBAG or do you write various identities, expressions, or orientations? What made you want to write what you do?
I couldn’t sleep one night and was surfing the internet. Mom had a bad day and, even though I was exhausted, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to try and find something on-line to read. It was late at night, and I’d already read everything I had on hand here, so off I went to see what was out there.
Best thing I’ve ever done!
What I found was a free web site that offered stories. It had a gay male section. I’d never read stories like that before, so I gave it a try… and was hooked immediately. It probably helped that the first two authors’ I read were so good. One is now a published author and the other one was already a published author. (I didn’t know that at the time. I’ve since become somewhat friendly with him, and he’s been a real help to me.)
After a while, I decided to give writing a try and wrote under the name nomoretears00. Imagine my surprise when I received a good response! You see, I’d never read anything but M/F before, and certainly never written anything. The next thing I knew, I placed first with an M/M story in a contest there. That prompted me to try and get published.
So far, I’ve only written M/M. I’ve been asked several times why I like writing M/M and I really have no answer… except to say I enjoy it. It’s what I *want* to read and write now. I’ve tried to write M/F and it was a… chore, lol. Which is kind of funny since I’m straight and female.
Would you care for some cookies? We have chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal with or without raisins and a package of mystery ones. We have cake too. Your choice.
Cookies? Did you say cookies? OMG, yes, just pass me the whole damn plate, lol. I’m not picky! And cake? Oh man, not cake too! You’re killing me, lol.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
There’s no simple answer to that, lol. The hubby and I agreed long ago that when he’s home, and awake lol, I don’t work. Well, unless I have edits come in or something else major. But other than that, I’m off the computer. That’s our time together. Plus, he works funky shifts. Two weeks on days, then two weeks on nights… then there’s the three days on, two days off thing too. Like I said, funky. What little time we have together is precious and keeps our marriage sound.
Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?
Revise as I go along. Always.
When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?
I plan. Oh boy, do I plan. I do an outline, character information sheet… the whole nine yards. Guess it’s the teacher in me.
It’s *also* a standing joke with the people that know me about my plans, lol. They never work out how I want! I’ve been known to chunk the whole plot midway through a story too. That makes for some *interesting* moments too, lol.
Of your characters, do you have a favorite and why?
Huh, that’s a hard one. I guess Dale from The Harvest is my favorite. You see, there’s a story behind that series. I started writing it right after Mom passed. For the next year, it was one of the few things that kept me sane during that time. Dale has become real to me.
Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?
I can’t say that I have. Amazing, right, lol? Now I’ve probably cursed myself! Now, that’s not say everything always flows easily. There are times when I sit here and get no more than a thousand words done, but once I get past whatever is holding me up, I’m back to normal.
Do you have a particular spot in your house that you call your comfy zone? (The place where you write.)
Oh yes, that would be the couch in the den, lol. But that’s about to change now that the oldest has moved out. I’m converting his old room into an office.
When you’re in the mindset to write, do you put a sign up that warns others not to disturb you while at work?
No. Having kids means that’s next to impossible. If one of them needs me, they come first. *laugh* And having a seventeen and nineteen year old means there’s *always* something going on. Same goes for friends and fellow authors. More than once I’ve walked away from the computer because an author or a friend needed to talk.
How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?
Ha, smart-assed would be the best description. You always see it show up in one of my characters too! What makes me laugh? Like-minded people and situations that are just so ridiculous you have to shake your head. Which I often find myself in the middle of, lol.
What question is you’re most frequently asked as an author?
Ah boy, I don’t know. I guess how do I come up with the plots for some of my stories.
What are you working on now?
At the moment, my WIP is called Wrapped in Leather. It’s contemporary BDSM and the first in a three book series.
Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your lifestyle as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive, both in your work and out of it?
Hmmm. Get outside. I live in the country and there’s wildlife everywhere. We have a pond in the backyard, so we have geese and ducks that I feed. I have several bird feeders around, so we have a lot of birds, lol. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on the back porch, watching the animals and staring at the water.
What kind of books do you like to read outside of the GLBT Genre?
J.D. Robb is one of my favorite authors. I like murder mysteries, thrillers, and scifi.
Pick one: Scientist, Astronaut, Retail, or Horse Trainer.
Oh man, astronaut. How cool would it be to explore space?
Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Reading, shopping, collecting antiques, watching football games, and going to flea-markets.
Any special projects from you at Storm Moon Press that came out recently or will be coming out soon we should watch for?
The first book of The Harvest will be released late October (or at least later this year, I believe). I can’t tell you how excited I am over this.
Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?
Facebook: M.A. Church
It was a pleasure having you here with us today. Please come by and let us know how you’re doing from time to time. OH! And before you leave, can I get your help here in the kitchen? Thanks!!